This photograph was a mistake. I could not react fast enough to catch the egret fully in frame as it took off from Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan when out shooting with old friend Can. Mike. I may have never paid this photograph any attention if not for someone saying they liked it when I showed all the shots of the day to a group of friends. This was early in my DSLR photography career. My culling process was not as refined as it is today.
Now when I look at the image I get a sense of potential, of Freedom, of the unknown. All I can see is that the bird is in flight and headed to a place I cannot see. I wonder if it was late in starting its migration? Now living in Florida, it is a place birds migrate to about this time of year. It would perhaps be a nice bookend to make an image of an egret landing in water.